Society Officers

Donna L. Parrish

VT Coop Fish Wildlife Res Unit
302 Aiken Ctr. UVM
Burlington, VT 05405
TEL: 802-656-2693

Donna L. Parrish is the Unit Leader of the U.S. Geological Survey, Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Research Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. She received her B.S. in biology from Southeast Missouri State University, M.S. in biology from Murray State University, and Ph.D. in zoology from The Ohio State University. As a scientist in the Cooperative Research Units program, she conducts fisheries research projects in which she mentors graduate students on projects that are developed to address unit cooperators’ needs. Over the last 20 years, her research has focused on three ecosystems within Vermont: Lake Champlain, the Connecticut River, and the Batten Kill. She has led research on trophic interactions, anadromous fish migration, and population modeling of trout among many others. She has been an author or co-author on 45 peer-reviewed publications and more than 75 presentations at scientific meetings. She has been a member of AFS since 1982.

Ronald J. Essig

President Elect
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
TEL: 413-253-8504

Ron Essig is a fish biologist and chief of the Fish and Wildlife Branch, Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, US Fish and Wildlife Service in Hadley, MA. He received a BS in biology from Rutgers University (1976) and an MS in fisheries biology from the University of Massachusetts (1979). Ron worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service stock assessment team in Woods Hole, MA (1979-1980), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division in Brunswick, GA (1980-1984), and the NMFS Fishery Statistics Division in Washington, DC (1984-1991). Then he joined the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Aid Division in the northeast region where he has worked for the past 21 years (1991-present). Ron’s focus areas for the administration of grants to State fishery agencies are marine and anadromous fish research and survey projects. He is an AFS Certified Fisheries Professional and has been a member of AFS since 1975.

F. Joseph Margraf

First Vice President
1135 Park Ave Unit 904
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
TEL: 303-656-0906

Joe Margraf is supervisor of U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units in the western US and is stationed in Pagosa Springs, CO. He has served in the Coop Unit program since 1980 at Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Alaska, where he was major advisor for over 50 graduate students and on the graduate committees of over 75 others. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and technical reports and over 100 presentations for scientific meetings. Joe has been an AFS member since 1972 and life member since 1984. He received his BS degree in Fisheries from Cornell University, and MS and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University. Joe is Past President of the Education Section, the Fish Habitat Section, and the Western Division. He also served six years as the AFS Constitutional Consultant. He has received both the AFS Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service awards.

Steve L. McMullin                                                                                                            McMulllin

Second Vice President                                               
Department of Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8847

Steve McMullin is an associate professor and associate department head in Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech.  He also serves as director of the College of Natural Resources and Environment Leadership Institute. Prior to entering the academic world, Steve worked for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks as a fisheries biologist, regional fisheries manager and chief of the Fisheries Management Bureau.  At Virginia Tech, Steve specializes in human dimensions of natural resource conservation and leadership development for natural resource professionals.  He received his B.S. (1978) and M.S. (1979) degrees in fisheries resources from the University of Idaho and the Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife science from Virginia Tech (1993). He is a certified fisheries scientist and has been a member of AFS since 1978.

Robert Hughes


Past President                                                                                     
Amnis Opes Institute
Corvallis, OR 97333
TEL: (541) 752 2632; NO FAX       
Amnis Opes Institute
112 Aspen Meadows Road #39
Driggs, Idaho 83422
TEL: 208 354 2632; NO FAX                           

Bob retired as a Senior Research Professor from the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University in 2009, and currently conducts research part time on biotic assemblage assessment in Brazil and China and for Amnis Opes Institute in the USA. He received his Ph.D. in Fisheries from Oregon State University, and his M.Sc. and A.B. from the University of Michigan. For 32 years he conducted research for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as an on-site contractor. His research focused on fish assemblage assessment in streams, lakes, and rivers across large geographic extents in the United States, Europe, Brazil, and India. He developed aquatic ecosystem indicators for the USEPA’s Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP), which contributed to the first statistically-rigorous national assessments of U.S. surface waters. Prior to that research, Bob field-tested the ecoregion concept leading to the USEPA’s national ecoregion map. He has co-authored or authored 140 peer-reviewed publications, been a sponsored participant in eight national workshops on large rivers and bioassessment, and has been a guest speaker in Europe, South America, Australia, and China. Bob has served as an external reviewer for the State of the Nation’s Ecosystems Report, European Fish Index, Great Lakes Environmental Indicators, and National Research Agency of France, and he is a member of Oregon’s Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team, which reviews state actions for rehabilitating salmon and watersheds.

Douglas (Doug) J. Austen

Executive Director
American Fisheries Society
5410 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814